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Original poster: "James Howells" <james@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Thanks for the suggestion
I DO HAVE a 2.5-0-2.5kv 100mA brand new neon sign transform
However, I don't want to use it yet ( mainly because of the high
AMPS) until I have more experience - and built a Terry Filter .
It does make a nice Jacobs Ladder once I bypassed all the short and
open circuit safety features.
I have approached, via e-mail and phone, the 8 or so NEON Sign people
that were listed
most did not respond or said they did not have any for sale Second Hand.
Most sign people here seem to be using translucent plastic and
Things have changed here in the last ten years or so, "nannied state"
out of existence are scrap-yards and similar REAL recyclers. Even
scrap TV's or Microwave ovens are almost impossible to get unless you
get them from the actual person scrapping them.
Thanks for the reply
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tesla list" <<mailto:tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 6:00 AM
Subject: Re: St.Louis Coilers - Looking for transformers
> Original poster: Ed Phillips <<mailto:evp@xxxxxxxxxxx>evp@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Hey Jim,
> Might I suggest that you grab the yellowpages and get the addresses of the
> neon sign companies in your area. Swing in and visit them and see if you
> can sweet-talk them into letting you scrap-out their scrap yard. You see,
> neon sign companies take down almost as many signs as they put up. Those
> old signs sit in their scrap yard until they get an employee to disassemble
> them for recycling. It's no skin off their noses if you take a few NSTs out
> of their old signs. In fact, the old non-GFI type NSTs are the ones that
> work best for coils. Here's a tip; if you want the sign companies to take
> your request seriously, wear a pair of steel-toed boots, or they won't let
> you enter their yard because of OSHA regulations.
> I have a pile of NSTs if you would like to contact me off list. However,
> the shipping cost on these things are pretty high.
> Cordially, Hal in Tucson"
> Good suggestions. One of my nephew's teaches honors science
> classes at a high school near San Diego and got some of his students
> interested in building coils. I in turn got him interested a number
> of years ago.
> He is an enterprising guy and visited sign companies in San Diego and
> found a couple who let him and his students do exactly as you say -
> scrounge through "the old signs out back". What they got were almost
> all 12 kV, 60 mA transformers and they ended up with several
> dozen. I have four here which are all Franceformers in good shape
> and they were just leftovers.